Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) issued a consultation paper on KYC of DTH Set Top Boxes in order to finalise a suitable mechanism for the same. The comments of various organisations, industry bodies, Cable TV & DTH operators, standardisation bodies, STB manufacturers, software providers, stakeholders, experts and individuals have been invited by 19 August 2019.
TRAI received a reference from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) in 2018, it had been requested to give its considered recommendations on desirability of KYC for set top boxes in DTH services and a process for the same. After that MIB provided information in another letter to TRAI regarding the safeguards that can be applied for restricting smuggling of DTH equipment illegally to other countries.
To purchase DTH equipment, filling of KYC form and verification of Aadhaar Card may be mandatory. Location based services need to be made active in DTH Set top boxes in order to check the location in accordance with Customer / Card ID.
It is suggested that MIB and TRAI may prepare KYC verification process to ensure that STB used by Indian DTH operators are only working in India.
Government of India issued the Guidelines for obtaining license for providing Direct to Home (DTH) broadcasting service in 2001. These guidelines prescribe the eligibility criteria, the procedure for obtaining the licence to set up and operate DTH services in the country.